Power restored to most of UA
City collecting debris, will place dumpsters for spoiled food
Upper Arlington was hit hard by the June 29 rain and wind storm but power had been restored to a majority of the community by Monday morning, July 2.
"We only have spotty areas without power, which is pretty good, but it's not good for those people who still don't have power," said Emma Speight, deputy city manager-community affairs.
About 40 percent of Upper Arlington lost power after the storm, Speight said, and that was down to about 10 percent Monday morning.
Residents looking for relief from the heat are encouraged to go to any of the city's pools, all of which are open, the Senior Center or the Upper Arlington Public Library, she said.
Dumpsters where residents can bring spoiled food are expected to be placed by Tuesday morning, July 3, at Thompson Park and in a location along the Lane Avenue corridor, Speight said. Residents will be able to bring food items to the dumpsters during daylight hours for at least two or three days.
The storm uprooted or damaged trees throughout the city, especially north of Lane Avenue, Speight said. A number of small tree fires occurred due to downed power lines, but were quickly extinguished, she said.
Homes throughout the city were struck by trees, limbs and other debris, but there appeared to be no major structural damage, Speight said.
"It appears that the storm damage was worse than it was in 2008 (when Hurricane Ike hit the area)," she said. "Fortunately, no one was injured."
As of Monday morning, six traffic lights in the city remained out, she said. Motorists are reminded to treat intersections with inoperable traffic lights as four-way stops. A number of other traffic lights just outside the city's boundaries are also out.
City crews were out over the weekend cleaning up debris and that work will continue this week, Speight said.
The city will collect -- at no charge -- any fallen tree limbs, branches, leaves or other storm debris that residents bring safely to the curb, she said.
Residents are asked to separate branches that are four feet long or longer from other debris, Speight said. Bundles and bagged debris should weigh less than 50 pounds, she said.
Crews are going out in bucket trucks to collect damaged hanging limbs and residents may see the crews on their streets, Speight said.
"If you see them and they're not picking up the debris you've left at the curb, don't worry, someone will be coming by to collect that material," she said.